Metro Pain and Vein Centers provide comprehensive pain relief solutions for patients seeking treatment for various conditions. Shoulder bursitis is the most common type of bursitis and causes moderate to severe pain to people experiencing it. When your shoulder’s bursae are inflamed, it can be difficult to move your arms, which can affect your ability to perform everyday tasks.
Regardless of the cause of your shoulder bursitis, there can be some level of pain while seeking treatment or when experiencing an episode of chronic shoulder bursitis. At Metro Pain and Vein Centers, we can help you mitigate the pain while seeking treatment to adapt to your condition. We can also improve the quality of your life by helping you take steps to protect your shoulder bursae from chronic inflammation and pain.
If you’re experiencing shoulder pain as well as redness and swelling in the area, you may have shoulder bursitis. Metro Pain and Vein Centers is home to shoulder bursitis doctors, pain management specialists, and other medical professionals that can help you manage your condition, overcome the symptoms and minimize its effects on your life.
Bursae are thin fluid-filled sacs found in your body’s joints. Each shoulder joint includes bone, muscle, and soft tissue all connected by connective tissue. Bursae are found in between the bones and connective tissue, allowing all these components of your shoulder joint to move together with minimal friction, preventing your shoulder joint components from wearing out faster.
Under normal circumstances, your bursae can withstand a regular amount of friction. But when exposed to too much friction, infection, or injury, the bursae can be irritated and result in inflammation. This causes it to grow, which can be a cause for pain when you move your joints and the bone, muscle, and tendons press against it.
Having shoulder bursitis rarely merits surgery, so this is usually a last resort for those whose condition doesn’t improve with traditional therapy. However, shoulder bursitis can be painful while seeking treatment or can be prone to chronic pain triggers, which can affect movement and your daily routine. But with a customized pain management plan from Metro Pain and Vein Centers, you can reduce the risk of chronic pain triggers and minimize the pain experienced while seeking treatment for your condition.
Shoulder bursitis can be caused by a number of factors: chronic bursitis, acute or traumatic bursitis, and infected bursitis. Some people experience chronic bursitis because of overuse of the shoulder joint causing symptom flare-ups. These may be caused by other conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or gout. Acute bursitis or traumatic bursitis can happen to those who get into an accident or shoulder injury that triggers bursitis. And infectious bursitis happens when a bacterial infection causes inflammation, which results in shoulder bursitis.
Although anyone can get shoulder bursitis, those with shoulder tendonitis, shoulder arthritis, gout, diabetes, kidney disease, or thyroid disease are more likely to develop chronic shoulder bursitis.
Your doctor can diagnose your bursitis with a number of tests. Aside from the usual laboratory exams like x-rays, MRIs, and ultrasounds, they can diagnose your shoulder condition by doing joint aspiration to drain a bursa and test it for infection. Some of the common ways we use for shoulder treatment to effectively minimize the symptoms of bursitis include:
For athletes, a sports medicine specialist may provide additional options for treating shoulder pain. Surgical treatment is rarely needed for patients with bursitis and is often the last resort for patients that don’t improve with nonsurgical treatment and common pain management practices. For those that undergo surgery, this may consist of removing the tendon causing bursitis or, in worst-case scenarios, shoulder replacement.
At Metro Pain and Vein Centers, we can provide you with a customized treatment plan. Each treatment option can help you manage the symptoms of your condition to improve your quality of life while seeking treatment for shoulder bursitis.
Shoulder bursitis can be a painful condition that can affect your ability to perform everyday tasks. Chronic bursitis flare-ups can affect shoulder mobility, which can be debilitating for those with active lifestyles and occupations. And for infectious bursitis, there’s a risk of bacteria spreading to other parts of the body, which can lead to sepsis in severe cases.
Dealing with shoulder bursitis isn’t simply limited to ice packs and painkillers whenever you have a flare-up. It can also mean medication and treatment that minimizes the pain, as well as adjusting your lifestyle to avoid these flare-ups that can put your life on pause. Metro Pain and Vein Centers can help patients manage living with chronic pain from shoulder bursitis through a multi-faceted treatment plan customized to your needs.
A: Anyone can develop shoulder bursitis. However, those more likely to develop shoulder bursitis include:
A: Prior to strenuous activities like sports or heavy lifting, remember to warm up and stretch. If you’re performing repetitive movement, remember to take breaks in between. Maintaining a healthy weight can also reduce the stress on your joints.
A: Patients rarely need shoulder surgery from an orthopedic surgeon, and only those who do not see progress from non-surgical options ever receive the surgical method to have their damaged tissue removed. Although chronic shoulder bursitis can flare-up, our treatment methods can help minimize the frequency, intensity, and duration of the pain, which can reduce its impact on your quality of life.
Debilitating shoulder pain can prevent you from functioning normally and make everyday tasks much more difficult. While surgical procedures aren’t necessary, it’s best to seek out pain management plans that can help you adjust your practices and mobility to overcome your condition while still doing the things you love.
With Metro Pain and Vein Centers, you can minimize the pain while seeking treatment or while living with chronic shoulder bursitis to help you maintain your lifestyle and interests while minimizing the pain of your condition. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and find a pain management solution developed by a shoulder specialist and pain management experts.